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    Hi Everyone! Well, it seems that everyone is affected by some challenges at the moment and I do hope that you are all able to find the blessings through the tough times. Pregnancy and motherhood can be such a rocky road and I do believe our emotions can be exacerbated by the fact that not only have we all waited a long time to conceive, but we have had to mess with our hormones along the way which can have a huge impact. It's so lovely to see so much support and sound advice being given out though....gosh, you really are a lovely bunch of women And oh my, aren't there some beautiful babes....keep the photos coming! I must say, Jamie's smile is amazing @VickyP! I can't wait until Charlotte's smiles are more than wind
    I don't have too much to report, except to say that Charlotte is amazing and we love her to bits! She's generally a pretty quiet babe and doesn't fuss much, but she does tend to keep us awake at night so the sleep deprivation is a bit rough. She doesn't ever cry, but she seems to suffer from wind so she's always grunting and squirming at night. It also tends to be her most awake time of the day!
    Breastfeeding is now going well for us, and I have to say for those of you that are still trying to persevere - it's worth it! My milk was really slow to come in and I too was on Motillium to increase supply. I also had to use a nipple shield as she wasn't attaching without it. On top of all that, I was pumping every 2 hours to keep supply up. Finally, the hard work is paying off and not only have we been able to lose the nipple shield in the last week, we have been able to stop the top-ups and she is putting on a great amount of weight and is now exclusively breastfed (she's now just over 2.5kg - woo hoo!!). I totally understand not all of you are able to BF, but I just wanted to reassure those that are wanting to that it does get better and it is possible.
    The only other concern we had with Charlotte these past few weeks is that she hardly poos! She just went 2 whole weeks without a poo and although the midwives kept saying it is normal for some babies, we were all starting to get concerned by day 14. Thankfully she finally pooed the day before yesterday.....I never thought a pooey nappy could bring so much happiness....and I have to laugh that this is my life now
    Sending lots of love to you all and hope that you are having more good days than challenging ones xx

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    Oh, and here are some photos of our Charlotte
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    Oh time flies @OneOfTheseDays! Charlotte is already a month old! And oh my, she is so adorable. She looks long for her age I have to say!

    Way to go super mumma! Am glad that your BF journey is looking bright now. I'm still trying to persevere as much as I can as I believe every little bit counts. Jamie has been taking less formula but still going through the same number of nappies so I assume he's getting more milk from me. So long as he's healthy and happy, I'm happy.

    I was also joking with my DH about poops and nappies. When Jamie had runny stools, we took photos of his poop to show the Dr and I was telling him that having a baby means we have to keep poop photos on our phone now! And yes, we are also happy when he poops especially when it goes beyond 24 hours. The longest stretch we have had is about 48 hours and boy, were we glad when he finally pooped! the joys of motherhood...... haha

    So glad to know that Charlotte is doing well. How lucky that she isn't fussy!! Hope she gets used to day and night soon so that you get some sleep. The sleep deprivation is indeed one of the toughest bits....

    Hope the weather gets cooler soon for you ladies and your bubbas.... xoxo

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    Hi ladies, I'm really struggling with BF it hurts like hell, there's no letting up on the pain front yet! Yesterday and today I'm concerned that my milk is disappearing again! No engorged boobs in the morning, no leaking whatsoever, and only able to express 40ml if I'm lucky whereas before I could easily get 100-150ml. Expressing is really painful too! I don't think Max is getting much from me either, as soon as he latched on I might be lucky if he drinks for 2-3mins! Then he just fall asleep and uses me as a comfort tool rather than active suckling! Ive tried rubbing his feet, talking to him, tickling under his chin...nothing! Also he's easily wanting to guzzle 100ml of formula after him being on me for 20mins or so which makes me think he's not really getting much from me! I'm really getting quite down about it, awaiting my hospital BF clinic to call me back so I can go see the lactation midwives, otherwise I think I'll call a private Lactation Consultant. I'm really worried that BF isn't going to work for me, I so want to do this for my sweet boy! I hate formula feeding, breaks my heart when he's crying hungry and I can't just shove a boob in his mouth, have to wait for the formula to heat up

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    Hugs @onedaymaybebaby! Sending you the biggest cyber hugs possible! You know you are a super and wonderful mumma and don't let anything tell you otherwise. Only a super mumma will keep going in your circumstances.

    When I was expressing, I wasn't getting more than 30mls at a time too. I'm not expressing nowadays so I don't know if things have improved but sometimes Jamie latches on for a long while but sometimes also only 2 to 3 minutes. Seeing a lactation midwife or consultant may be a good idea. I was feeling quite down too but I have learnt to get over it. So long as Jamie is healthy and gets his feeds and is happy that's all that matters. When he falls asleep at the boob, I change his nappy and that usually wakes him to a little more feeding. Oh, and formula doesn't need to be warmed up. I sometimes give it to him cold and he guzzles it down the same. I googled and temperature of formula is more preference than need. What I also do is I keep some warm boiled water in a flask and use that to mix with the formula and I get instant slightly warm formula milk. I don't warm up the formula at all.

    I'm sure the supply will come back. The body is amazing and will work its way out. Hope you get some good advice soon hun.

    Let us know how you go. We are here for you... xoxo

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    Thanks so much @VickyP, your support means the world I didn't realise about the formula temp, the home visiting midwife was all make sure it's warmed blah blah blah! So that makes me feel a bit more at ease knowing it doesn't HAVE to be warm!! It's always boiled but by the time those early morning feeds come around it's cooled right down again! I love the flask idea, so simple yet so effective! Out of interest what bottles are you using? The home visiting midwife wanted me to use Medela Calma bottles and they are just awful! The flow is way too fast, he ends up choking, spluttering, and very gassy! At $27 a bottle I'm not impressed! Apparently they are the next best thing for mixed feeding so as not to cause nipple confusion!? He's very adaptable to whatever is given to him so I don't think bottle type is going to be an issue! My sister loved Tomee Tippee Closer To Nature bottles and friends swear by the Phillips Avent ones (both big no no according to the home visit midwife lol)

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    The support i get on this thread means the world to me too @onedaymaybebaby
    We are here for each other! Xoxo

    Regarding formula temp, some babies even drink it cold like out of the fridge! I usually use room temperature water in the day cos the weather is so warm then I use slightly warm water for night feeds. No complaints from Jamie so far!

    Medela bottles are horrible. I had a set from the hospital which I junked cos like you said, the flow was too fast and it doesn't help with BF and causes nipple confusion. I mean if they don't have to suck, why would they work at the breast when they can easily get milk from the bottle? I'm using pigeon peristaltic plus. The teat is designed to mimic BF sucking. See photo from reference. I find them really good and jamie doesn't have a problem switching between boob and bottle. I used to use comotomo but I prefer the pigeon one I bought here in Thailand. Am sure it's easily available there too. In fact, coincidentally it is also the bottle type that the home visit nurse Tjuls mentioned (Karen from Nurture Parenting) recommends. I only found that out when I read her ebook. I would also recommend it.

    Hope that helps hun. I'm praying that you get some relief from the pain soon but remember that being the best mummy for Max doesn't hinge on your ability to BF. Your love for him already means everything. Breast milk is good but many of us grew up with formula milk just fine too.

    Hugs hun! Xoxo
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    Good to know it's not just me on the Medela bottles

    Thanks again for your words of encouragement

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    So our Sunday is turned into meds hunt day.

    It turns out that compounding pharmacies don't exist here in Thailand and we can't get hold of a decent bottle of Losec for Mr J. Hubby's cousin who's a PD at a govt hospital got us some compounded into liquid but boy, it tasted so bad that Jamie gagged on it and refused milk after! Poor fella. So now we are on the quest to try and find a more palatable solution.

    The marathon continues...

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    Oh no @VickyP! Poor Jamie! Did you have any luck finding some?

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